The food you eat is just as important to a healthy and balanced lifestyle as your workout routine. Make sure you’re getting the most out of the classes at BellaVita by trying these pre- and post-workout snack ideas. Make sure not to eat too close to class time, or you’ll find yourself uncomfortably full and unable to put all of your energy into the workout.
For a cardio workout like Zumba, have something light like a banana or a serving of pretzels. The carbs will boost your energy and prepare you for the heart-pumping dance moves. After class, rehydrate with a delicious smoothie. You need to restore the water you lose from sweating, and a juice or smoothie is a quick and delicious way to do that. Grab a 25% off coupon for Just Salad and treat yourself to a fruity, nutritious, and refreshing drink.
If you plan on taking a Pilates class, you definitely do not want to have a big meal beforehand; it will make it hard for you to utilize your core correctly, which is essential to Pilates. You will not need a lot of carbs because the muscle-toning moves do not drain glycogen stores as much as a high intensity cardio session. Try a spoonful of peanut butter (or try almond or cashew butter to switch things up) with celery sticks to fuel up on healthy fat, protein, and fiber before your workout. After class, help your muscles recover faster with blueberries mixed into greek yogurt. The combination of protein and antioxidants will eliminate waste products such as lactic acid and reduce delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS.
You want to keep your snacks light for Yoga as well. Munch on a granola bar and some fruit for some protein and fiber to keep your blood sugar levels steady during class so you can fully relax without feeling dizzy or hungry. Afterwards, have a spinach salad with chicken or make yourself a shake with some fruit, vegetables and protein (greek yogurt is great). Try mixing an Eboost Spruce into your juice for an extra kick of nutrients and energy. Leafy green veggies can help lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and improve your metabolism.
Proper pre and post-workout nutrition is important to making sure you are going in the right direction toward your goals. Make sure to give your food time to digest before working out!Eating one to two hours before your class will allow you to put all of your energy into each Zumba routine, Pilates move, and Yoga sequence. It’s also important to fuel up correctly after class to give your body the nutrition it needs to repair itself. Keep these snack ideas in mind for your next class at BellaVita.
BellaVita is excited about our creative mashup classes we have been offering for the month of July at Reebok Fithub in Union Square. Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., we hold fun classes inside the Reebok store to help you break a sweat. You get two different workout styles in each unique class to make things different from your usual fitness routine.
Jamece, our wonderful Pilates instructor, will challenge your body and mind with her Pilates and Core mashup class. Lifting weights isn’t the only way to strengthen your body and develop your muscles. If you want to add resistance training but you don’t like to or are unable to lift heavy weights, Pilates is a great alternative. You will definitely feel the burn with the seemingly easy moves in Jamece’s routine.
Make cardio fun with our Zumba Stretch! Get off the treadmill or bike and stop by Reebok for a change of scenery. Jonathan will make your heart race with his fun and energetic dance moves. You’ll start and end the class with a relaxing stretch that’ll release all the built up tension and stress of the day.
These classes are great for all fitness levels, whether you’ve never been to a class or you take one every day. Plus, Reebok is offering 15% off their merchandise to all attendees so you can treat yourself to workout gear after your sweat sesh. We’ll also be handing out 15% off cards for classes at our studio, so be sure to sign up for one of our great classes during the week. Switch it up and try out Pilates Core and Zumba Stretch with BellaVita!
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